Celebrating the Contributions of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations observes the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples annually in August to raise awareness, protect the rights of Indigenous populations, and recognize their achievements and contributions. 

This year, GEO is participating in that commemoration by hosting a special Climate Change Book Club event. 

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm and will feature two books that present lessons from Indigenous populations on how to address climate change and build resilience. Read one or both and join us for this important discussion!

This event is being co-hosted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Akron Zoo. 

As an Indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and spiritual world. In Sand Talk, he provides a new model for our everyday lives. Rich in ideas and inspiration, he shows us a very special way of thinking, of listening, and of learning from a native perspective — one that is spiritually and physically tied to the earth around us, and one that can save our world.

After two decades of working with Indigenous communities, Gleb Raygorodetsky shares the inextricable links between these cultures and their land, and how their practices can form the foundation for climate resilience around the worldClimate change is not an abstract concept or policy issue for them, but the reality of daily life. These communities are implementing creative solutions to meet modern challenges — solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.